Twenty-eight years in the classroom were worth every minute for Jimmy Ansley, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.
"Working with students who are really interested in learning -- who really want to learn -- is what made it enjoyable," he said.
Before becoming an electro-mechanics teacher at Thomson High School, Mr. Ansley worked in the plumbing/electrical business.
"When the housing business got slow, a teaching job became available, and I took it," he explained.
Mr. Ansley said he was retiring simply because it was time.
"I've been working here 28 years ... also there are fewer students who truly want to be involved in this particular business than there used to be."
Thomson High Principal Bill Reese said he will miss Mr. Ansley's ingenuity.
"Whether he was presenting a solution to a problem to his class or to the staff, he could always figure out a way to fix it without necessarily buying a part from the store."
After retirement, Mr. Ansley plans on starting a small home improvement business, called "Jimmy's Home Improvement," he joked.
Even with all these plans ahead of him, Mr. Ansley said he will miss Thomson High. "Working with good students has always been important to me -- that's what I'll miss the most."
He also added that he will not retire from his job at Augusta Tech.